Princeton Club of Chicago Tiger Talk
Fall 2016 Newsletter Volume 23, Number 1
Fall 2016 Newsletter
Volume 23, Number 1
INSIDE: UPCOMING EVENTS/HIGHLIGHTS:
Club Membership***Club Web Site and Discussion Group and Registration for Events***Princeton-Brown Room Escape Adventure and Happy Hour***Precept on Virtual Reality with Professor Bob Kenyon S*80***Book Club Luncheon with Author Jodi Picoult ’87***Princeton Club Diversity Discussion Forums***Events with Princeton Professors Mitchell Duneier and Sean Wilentz at Chicago Humanities Festival***Call for Nominations for Princeton Club of Chicago Awards***Alumni Schools Committee Call for Interviewers and Roundtable Discussion Invitation***AlumniCorps/Princeton Project 55 2016-2017 Fellows and Mentors***New Member Welcome Packet***University News***Alumni News***Round- Up of Past Events***Club Calendar***Save the Date Notices
*** NEXT NEWSLETTER DEADLINE – TBA - Check Club web site and e-mail notices
IF YOU HAVE SUGGESTIONS FOR PROGRAMS/SPEAKERS, PLEASE CONTACT CO-CHAIRS OF THE PROGRAMS COMMITTEE CHARLENE HUANG OLSON ’88 OR JULIA SCHWARTZ ’08. IF YOU HAVE SUGGESTIONS FOR OTHER ACTIVITIES OR ARE SETTING A DATE FOR ANY TYPE OF CLUB ACTIVITY, PLEASE CONTACT CLUB PRESIDENT ROBERT KHOURY ’90. ROBERT MAINTAINS A CLUB CALENDAR TO ASSURE THAT EVENTS DO NOT CONFLICT. OCCASIONALLY CIRCUMSTANCES REQUIRE SCHEDULING ACTIVITIES ON OR NEAR THE SAME DAY, BUT THE CLUB TRIES TO AVOID SUCH SITUATIONS. SEE CONTACT INFO BELOW.
Please read the attached letters from our Club President and our Membership Committee. Please support the Club with your participation in activities and payment of dues. The Club is not supported by the University and relies on your membership to help fund programming and community service endeavors. Membership gives you first access to sign-ups for events, discounts on those events, and print publications such as this newsletter.* Join/renew/register now!
CLUB WEB SITE AND DISCUSSION GROUP AND REGISTRATION FOR CLUB EVENTS
To receive the latest information on Club events and be able to sign up for those events quickly and easily be sure to register for the Club web site and then check it periodically for updates. New events are posted as they are planned. Also, be sure to register for the Princeton-Chicago discussion group via Tigernet to receive e-mails as soon as events are announced. Please verify your TigerNet profile is updated. To register for any of the events in this newsletter, please do so through the Club web site, www.princetonclubofchicago.org or, if you have difficulty using the web site, through the Club office, 847-256-5800.
PRINCETON-BROWN ROOM ESCAPE ADVENTURE AND HAPPY HOUR
Are you smarter than a zombie? Come find out! Our group rate offers a 25% discount on the room escape adventure for Princeton and Brown friends on Friday night, September 30. Meet up at a nearby bar in advance to socialize with other daring teammates whom you’ll depend on for survival! Optional happy hour at Kasey’s Tavern at 7:30 p.m. at 701 S. Dearborn Street, followed by Room Escape Adventure at 8:30 p.m. at 408 S. Michigan Avenue. Sign up on Club web site.
PRECEPT ON VIRTUAL REALITY WITH PROFESSOR BOB KENYON S*80
Please join us for a special precept, lab, and CAVETM tour with Professor Bob Kenyon S*80 -- “Virtual Reality in the Real World: From the Death Star to Augmented Immersion” on Tuesday, October 18, at 6 p.m. Professor Kenyon, Director of Graduate Studies at UIC’s Computer Science Department, has generously offered to take us on a tour of virtual reality. The precept will be in the Electronic Visualization Lab (EVL) on UIC’s East Campus. It will cover EVL’s work from Star Wars’ Death Star through to today’s research into human adaptation to virtual environments, wearable technology, full immersion, and Virtual Rehabilitation, e.g., for post-stroke patients. THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT, BUT THERE IS A WAITLIST.
BOOK CLUB LUNCHEON WITH AUTHOR JODI PICOULT ’87
The Princeton Club of Chicago invites you to join fellow Tigers as bestselling author Jodi Picoult ’87 comes to Chicago’s Union League Club to discuss her latest novel, Small Great Thing, on Thursday, October 27 at 11:30 a.m. For more information and to register go to the Club web site.
PRINCETON CLUB DIVERSITY
Open to Princeton alumni of all backgrounds, Princeton Club Diversity serves as an in-person transracial discussion forum for race-related issues. Upcoming meetings are as follows: The September gathering, hosted by Chelsea Mayo ’04, will be at Barcocina, 2901 N. Sheffield Avenue, in Lakeview on Sunday, September 25 at 2 p.m. Marquis Parker ’99 will host the October 16 meeting at 2 p.m. at Rogers Pier Cajun Seafood, 6800 N. Sheridan Road, in Rogers Park. Hannah Barbosa ’98 will host the discussion on Sunday, November 20, at 2 p.m., at Takos Koreanos, 1706 W. Foster Avenue, in Andersonville. Jessica Gonzalez ’95 will host the third annual holiday potluck on Saturday, December 10, at 6 p.m.; Jenny Korn ’96 will provide the address when you RSVP to her. Linda Boachie-Ansah ’02 will host a meeting on a Sunday in January; details TBA. Michelle Sharpe Silverthorn ’04 will host one on a Sunday in February; details TBA. If you have ideas for future events or want to host a discussion at a restaurant near you or a potluck at your home, please contact Jenny Korn ’96. Please check the PCC web site for future date details and contact Jenny Korn ’96 at email@example.com for more information and to let us know you are coming.
CHICAGO HUMANITIES FESTIVAL
Lectures by Princeton Professors Sean Wilentz and Mitchell Duneier
This year’s Chicago Humanities Festival features two speakers with Princeton connections. Sean Wilentz, George Henry Davis 1886 Professor of American History at Princeton, will discuss “The Gift of Partisan Politics” on Sunday afternoon, November 6, from 2-3 p.m., at the First United Methodist Church at the Chicago Temple, 77 W. Washington St. in Chicago. The polarized political atmosphere that has defined the Obama era and this year’s tumultuous presidential election is viewed by many as ultimate proof of the destructiveness of partisan politics. However, Professor Wilentz sees a very different story. In The Politicians and the Egalitarians: The Hidden History of American Politics, he argues that our partisan politics have always been a critical part of a functioning political system and a crucial tool against the extremes of wealth and want. His major work to date, The Rise of American Democracy: Jefferson to Lincoln, was awarded the prestigious Bancroft Prize and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His many other books include The Age of Reagan: A History, 1974-2008 and Bob Dylan in America. His writings on American music have earned him two Grammy nominations and two ASCAP-Deems Taylor awards. . . . Mitchell Duneier, the Maurice P. During Professor of Sociology at Princeton, will talk about “The Many Lives of the Ghetto,” on Saturday afternoon, November 12, from Noon to 1 p.m., in the Feinberg Theater at Venue SIX10, 610 S. Michigan Avenue, in Chicago.
In Ghetto: The Invention of a Place, the History of an Idea, Professor Duneier starts with the first ghetto, a place for Jews in 16th Century Italy, through the Nazi era to today. He explores how Horace Cayton and St. Clair Drake explicitly linked European Jews and African Americans in their 1945 study of segregated Chicago, Black Metropolis, and how social observers have consistently misunderstood the entanglements of race, poverty, and place in America today.
These events are part of the Chicago Humanities Festival and not Club events; therefore registration for the two lectures is through the Chicago Humanities Festival web site, www.chicagohumanities.org or by phone at 312-494-9509 (M-F, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.); tickets went on sale to members on Tuesday, September 20 and will be available to the public on Tuesday, September 27; order now before these events sell out. If you have difficulty getting a ticket for Mitchell Duneier, call CHF because they have reserved a small number of tickets for Princeton Club members since we have a post-lecture lunch with him.
Lunch with Princeton Professor Mitchell Duneier
The Club has organized a post-lecture lunch with Professor Duneier at 1:15 p.m. at Mercat a la Plancha Restaurant, 638 S. Michigan Avenue, just down the block from the lecture. The lunch is a pay-as-you-go event, but please RSVP via the Club web site by November 9, so we can reserve the proper number of places. Please note that while the lectures are public events sponsored by the Chicago Humanities Festival, the lunch is a private Princeton Club of Chicago event; alumni, parents, students, and their families and friends are welcome to attend the lunch. Ryan Ruskin ’90 will welcome everyone.
PRINCETON CLUB AWARDS
Next spring, the Princeton Club of Chicago will again confer its Annual John H. Fish ’55 Award for Distinguished Community Service and its Annual Arnold M. Berlin ’46 Award for Distinguished Service to Princeton University. The Distinguished Community Service Award was established at our Club’s 100th Anniversary meeting in 1978 to honor those persons in our midst who have contributed significantly to the educational, charitable, or cultural community in the Chicago area but who may not have received appropriate recognition for their contributions. In 1987, the Arnold M. Berlin ’46 Award was established alongside the Community Service Award to be presented to that graduate who has given unselfishly of his or her time, efforts, and talents to Princeton and its community. Nominate an individual you deem worthy of this award by completing the form on the Club web site, requesting one from the Club office, or contacting Awards Committee Chair Peter V. Baugher ’70 at PBaugher@honigman.com. Please do not contact your nominee about this matter, so as not to create expectations. There are many worthy nominees, and the Club only makes two awards each year. The deadline for submissions for this year’s awards is December 31, 2016. A list of previous recipients is on the Club web site.
ALUMNI SCHOOLS COMMITTEE
Call for Interviewers
Fondly remember your Princeton interview? Interested in being an ambassador for Princeton and the Princeton community in Chicagoland? Then join the committee of alumni who interview students applying to Princeton! Interviews take place in October for the early admission deadline of November 1, and from December through February for the regular admission deadline of January 1. Alumni volunteers are needed throughout Chicagoland, but there is a critical need for volunteers who live or work in the Western Suburbs, South Suburbs, Northwest Suburbs, Northwest Illinois, Urbana/Champaign, and East Central Illinois. Graduate alumni are welcome! Other ASC responsibilities include representing Princeton at local college fairs in the fall, attending the reception for newly admitted students in April, and reaching out to newly admitted students. If you would like to help this effort, please contact ASC Chair Candace Jackson-Akiwumi '00 at firstname.lastname@example.org. ASC Regional Chairs for 2016-2017 season are Rick Woldenberg '81 (North Suburbs), Christine O'Neill '06 (City of Chicago), Rudi Moreno ’90 (Northwest Suburbs), Ted Yeh ’06 (South Suburbs, Champaign/Urbana, Northwest Illinois, and East Central Illinois), and Lauren Sykora '11 (Western Suburbs).
Current, eligible Princeton Alumni Schools Committee interviewers are invited to attend a roundtable at Barack Ferrazzano on Monday, October 24 at 5:30 p.m. Come hear and ask all about Princeton admissions and the ASC interviewers’ role in that process! This roundtable is not open to high school students, nor is the roundtable an opportunity to discuss individual applicants. For questions and to RSVP contact VP Alumni Schools Committee Chair Candace Jackson-Akiwumi ’00 at email@example.com.
ALUMNICORPS/PRINCETON PROJECT 55
Princeton Project 55 2016-2017 Chicago Fellows and Mentors
The Club welcomes the 2016-2017 Princeton Project 55 fellows. Here is a list of this year’s fellows, their organizations, and their mentors:
Ellie Albarran ’16 - Carole Robertson Center for Learning - Peter Freeman ’66/Stacy McAuliffe ’98
Yoni Kirsch ’16 - North Lawndale Employment Network - Tom Allison ’66 and Sherry Holland/Tracy Dobie ’07 Allie Lichterman ’16 - Illinois State Board of Education - Carol Obertubbesing ’73/Kirsten Ekdahl Hull ’99 Virginia Midkiff ’16 - National Equity Fund - Latalia White ’13/Kristine Ali ’14
Beverly Nguyen ’16 - Sinai Community Institute - Vince Anderson ’65/Felix Huang ’07
Aisha Oxley ’16 - Free Spirit Media - Alex Baptiste ’13/Maddy Woodle ’13
Mentors-at-large are Michael Collins ’11, Emile Karafiol ’55, Bill Lawlor ’56, Marquis Parker ’99, Whitney Spalding Spencer ’07, and Dana Weinstein ’12. If you would like to become a Mentor or Mentor-at-Large, please contact Lindsay Wall ’02 at firstname.lastname@example.org at
NEW MEMBER WELCOME PACKET
A new member welcome packet, which includes a Chicago Tip Sheet, is available by contacting the Club office (phone number below).
Princeton University President Christopher Eisgruber ’83 announced that Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality by Danielle Allen ’93, Professor of Government at Harvard University and Director of Harvard’s Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, will be the book selection for this year’s Princeton Pre-Read program; the book will be read by all incoming members of the Class of 2020 and others in the community to spark discussion on important themes. With his inauguration of the program in 2013, President Eisgruber specifically asked alumni and other members of the Princeton family to read along. For information on other Alumni Studies offerings, go to http://alumni.princeton.edu/learntravel/ alumnistudies/. . . . New Princeton Journeys have also been announced on the alumni education web site http:// alumni.princeton.edu/learntravel/alumnistudies.
If you are traveling to New York, you may wish to see Katie Birenboim ’16, a former member of Princeton Triangle Club, in the musical Fiorello! Originally produced by the Berkshire Theatre Group, this production is in a limited run until October 7 at The East 13th Street Theater, 136 East 13th Street, home of Classic Stage Company. . . . Playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins ’06, whose plays have been produced in Chicago, just received a MacArthur Fellowship, also known as a “genius grant,” from the Chicago-based John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
ROUND-UP OF PAST EVENTS - Please see photos, including some from the Summer Picnic, on the Club web site. Thanks to Liz and Jeff Sharp ’80 P14 P18 and David and Carol Stone P17 of the Parents Committee for organizing this year’s picnic and to Peter Goldman ’94 for hosting it at the Lakeshore Sport and Fitness roofdeck. . . . At its Annual Dinner on April 14, 2016, the Princeton Club of Chicago honored Linda Ginzel *89 and Boaz Keysar *89 with its John Fish ’55 Distinguished
Service to the Community Award and Richard L. Klein ’82 with its Arnold M. Berlin ’46 Distinguished Service to Princeton Award. Woodrow Wilson School Professor and Nobel Laureate in Economics Angus Deaton S*83 S*88 P91 P93 gave the keynote address. Thanks to Jessica Gonzalez ’95 and Cheryl Stevens ’10 for coordinating the dinner and to Peter Baugher ’70 for Chairing the Awards Committee. . . . Thanks to Brian Johnson ’99 and Greg Wong ’02 for chairing the Leadership Group Retreat Committee this summer, to all who served on it, and to the Leadership Group members who attended it.
The newsletter was edited by Carol Obertubbesing ’73. Information was contributed by Peter Baugher ’70, Jenny Korn ’96, Candace R. Jackson ’00, Robert Khoury ’90, Julia Schwartz ’08, and Maddy Woodle ’13. The deadline for the next Princeton Club of Chicago newsletter will be announced via e-mail and on the Club web site. Please send articles in Word to Carol Obertubbesing ’73 at email@example.com; please include Princeton class or other Princeton affiliation whenever appropriate. Please put “Newsletter” in the subject header. Send photos of Club events to Charlene Huang Olson ’88 at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FOR MORE INFORMATION – Check the Princeton Club of Chicago web site at www.princetonclubofchicago.org or contact the Club office at 847-256-5800; the Club office address is P.O. Box 350, Kenilworth, IL 60043-0350. If you have difficulty accessing the Club web site, you can also go through www.princeton.edu and see the section on alumni, then look under regional associations for Chicago. To receive information on events scheduled after the publication of this newsletter, as well as reminders about upcoming events, be sure you are registered for the Princeton-Chicago discussion list; if you are not already registered, go to www.tigernet.Princeton.edu and click on “discussion groups.” Register for the “Princeton-Chicago” group. If you have questions about the e-mail discussion list, contact Mary Newburn ’97 at email@example.com. The President of the Princeton Club is Robert Khoury ’90 (firstname.lastname@example.org); the Executive V.P. of the Club is Mike Laidlaw ’94; Programs Committee Co-Chairs are Charlene Huang Olson ’88 at email@example.com and Julia Schwartz ’08 at firstname.lastname@example.org . A complete list of the Leadership Group is on the Club web site.
PRINCETON CLUB OF CHICAGO CALENDAR OF EVENTS 2016-2017
September 30 - Princeton-Brown Room Escape Adventure and Happy Hour
October 13 or 14 (tentative) - Talk by American Ulysses: A Life of Ulysses S. Grant Author Ronald C. White *72
October 16 - Diversity Discussion Forum hosted by Marquis Parker ’99 at Rogers Pier Cajun Seafood
October 18 - Precept on Virtual Reality with Professor Bob Kenyon S*80
October 22 - Tiger Tailgate at Princeton-Harvard game and other alumni events on campus that weekend
October 24 - Alumni Schools Committee Roundtable
October 25 - Chicago Scholars event
October 27 - Book Club Luncheon with Author Jodi Picoult ’87
October 28 - Club outing to see Hamilton - SOLD OUT
November 6 - Princeton Professor Sean Wilentz lecture on “The Gift of Partisan Politics” (Chicago Humanities Festival event) November 12 - Princeton Professor Mitchell Duneier lecture on “The Many Lives of the Ghetto” (Chicago Humanities Festival event) followed by lunch with Professor Duneier (Club event)
November 20 - Diversity Discussion Forum hosted by Hannah Barbosa ’98 at Takos Koreanos
December 10 - Diversity Discussion Forum potluck hosted by Jessica Gonzalez ’95
December 19, 20, or 21 (TBA) – Summer Intern Luncheon hosted by Doug Ryan ’84 at Digitas Inc.
December 31 - Deadline for nominations for Club Awards
Additional Diversity Discussion Forums in 2017 - dates, times, locations TBA
February 25, 2017 - Alumni Day at Princeton
April 26, 2017 - Princeton Club of Chicago Annual Dinner
June 1-4, 2017 - Princeton Reunions
SAVE THE DATES
The Club is trying to arrange an event with Ronald C. White *72, who will be speaking about his new book American Ulysses: A Life of Ulysses S. Grant at the University Club on October 13 and the Union League Club on October 14. Check Club web site and e-mails for updates.
The Princeton Club of Chicago is pleased to announce that Princeton’s new Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science Professor Emily A. Carter will be this year’s Annual Dinner Speaker. She is also the Gerhard R. Andlinger Professor in Energy and the Environment, as well as a Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and the Program in Applied and Computational Mathematics. She is an associated faculty member in Chemistry, Chemical and Biological Engineering, the Princeton Environmental Institute, the Princeton Institute for Computational Science and Technology of Materials, and the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment. She was the Founding Director of the Andlinger Center from 2010-2016. Please find a way to be in Chicago and join us on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 for this year’s Annual Dinner.
*Classes 2000 and later will receive only electronic copies of the newsletter. If you are a Club member in the Classes 2000-2016 and wish to continue to receive a print version, please alert the Club office at 847-256-5800.